Historic Colchester hotel to close for £10m renovation

The George Exterior Wide (resized)

Colchester’s historic George Hotel is to close for a minimum of three months while it undergoes the final stage of a renovation process.

The renovation, which the hotel says will restore the building to its ‘former glory’ will cost £10m, and it is hoped the hotel will open again by October of this year.

The renovations are being overseen by Harwich-based developer Flying Trade Group (FTG), with the plans having first been announced in January 2017.

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FTG’s CEO, Suki Dalai, said: “We are at a very exciting stage of the George renovation and feel greatly privileged to be tasked with bringing this historic site into the 21st Century while respecting its amazing heritage.”

Dalai highlighted the importance of ensuring that the “charm and ambiance’’ of the hotel were not lost in the process of bringing it up to date, and said it was vital to retain the building’s historical atmosphere.

She said: “As such, there will not be any major changes to the fundamental layout of the property, because we are limited by the building’s historic nature, however, we shall certainly be adding a wow factor with décor and furnishings and greatly improving modern comforts and disabled access to the site. A significant part of the project is re-wiring and re-plumbing the entire hotel.”

The renovation process will also see Café George, which is situated inside the hotel but is accessible from the High Street, be upgraded, while Dalai has also promised that the food offerings from the hotel’s in-house restaurants will be ‘even better’ once the hotel has reopened.

Nick Wildman, general manager of both Kingscliff and The George Hotel will continue to be at the helm.

Surya Hotels recently completed a £1m investment in its Dragonfly hotel portfolio which has sites in Colchester, Bury St Edmunds, Peterborough and King’s Lynn.

It has also just completed a £250k facelift of its Kingscliff Hotel site in Holland on Sea, marking its 10th anniversary of ownership of the site.

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